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Grill Surround Suggestions (Have Chrome, want BSP)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by James08, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Jul 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM
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    James08

    James08 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    08 AC TRD Off Road Rugged Trail
    I have an 08 AC TRD Off Road RT in Black Sand Pearl, and I want to get rid of pretty much all the chrome on the truck. I like what Toyota did with the RT edition, but I don't understand why it has any chrome on it at all.

    So, I called a dealership to see how much the black sand pearl grill surround would be, and it came out to $272! That seems pretty steep to me, and I'm sure I'm not going to get near that selling my chrome surround. I've searched Craigslist, ebay and all over the interwebs for a painted surround but I haven't found anything.

    Next week I'm doing the HID convertion, and while I'm doing that I'm going to do the BHLM mod too. I'm considering getting a pair of the T-Rex eyelids for the truck, and since they have to be painted I thought maybe I could have a body shop paint my grill and eyelids at the same time. What can I use to pull the chrome off the plastic of the grill in order to prep it?

    Any other ideas that would be better/cheaper? Anyone have a BSP surround that wants to trade for chrome?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Jul 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    James08

    James08 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Here's my truck.... The surround is in perfect shape if anyone is interested in trading. I only have 18,500 miles on the clock.

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  3. Jul 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM
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    stroM-

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    06 4x4 TRD OFF-ROAD
    OME 885's, Front and Rear 5100's, Rear AAL, 16x8 Konig Countersteers, 35" Falken Wild Peak AT, Cobra CB & Antenna, All-Pro Sliders, All-Pro Front & Rear Bumper, IFS Skid, Snugtop Rebel Shell, RTT
    I just went to a local auto body shop and asked if they could color match the "209 Black Sand Peal" color in a spray can. Went home, sanded the grill, taped it up, painted to match, then clear coated. All for $30 and a few hours of my time. Im 100% happy with the results.
     
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